Hawaii Bar Exam

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Hawaii State Bar Association

Hawaii Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners
417 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Telephone (808) 539-4977

Email: baradmissions@courts.hawaii.gov

Website: www.courts.state.hi.us


The Hawaii Bar Exam is administered on the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July.

2016 Winter:  February 23 and 24

2016 Summer: July 26 and 27


The Hawaii Bar Exam is a 2 day exam.

Day 1: Six Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions, a multiple-choice exam on the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct (HRPC) and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam.


MBE Subjects: 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts

MEE Essay Subjects:

  • Business Associations (Agency and Partnership, Corporations and Limited Liability Companies)
  • Civil Procedure
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts (including Article 2 and Revised Article 1 of the UCC)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates, Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions)

Multistate Performance Test: 

“Closed universe” practical problem using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

Hawaii Legal Ethics Exam

The Hawaii Legal Ethics Examination consists of 15 multiple-choice questions. It was developed by the Hawaii Board of Examiners and is based on the Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct (HRPC). This exam component is administered on Tuesday morning. Hawaii allots 30 minutes for this exam component. Do not confuse the Hawaii Legal Ethics Examination with the NCBE’s Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) or the mandatory Hawaii Professionalism Course conducted by the Hawaii State Bar Association.

MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam)

A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE within two years before or within one year after the Hawaii bar exam is required for admission.


Application must be received by the preceding November 1 for February exam and the preceding April 1 for July exam. No late filing allowed.

Exam fee: $500 plus laptop user fee paid to ExamSoft, and cost of NCBE character report.


Day 1 (weighted 12) and Day 2 scores (weighted 12) are combined for overall passing score of 134. The written score includes performance on a locally developed multiple-choice component that is weighted 5.5% and assesses Hawaii Rules of Professional Conduct.

Grading policies are determined by the Committee of Bar Examiners and specific inquiries concerning grading should be addressed to the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office.

Results are generally released in early May for February exam and early October for July exam.


Admission on Motion: Although admission on motion is not generally available, Hawaii allows it on specific and limited grounds.

Acceptance of MBE Score: Hawaii does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

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